Identify Potential Fire Hazards
Before you lease a building for your business, inspect it for potential fire hazards. Old or inadequate wiring, not enough or overloaded electrical circuits, and out-of-date heating systems could increase fire hazards. Check the outside for fire hazards as well. Your fire prevention plan should clearly list every potential fire risk, including any flammable chemicals or other materials stored in the building.
Fire Prevention Systems
Your plan should also include fire sprinkler service as well as service for any other fire suppression equipment, such as fire extinguishers. Carefully detail how to use and maintain this equipment. Most city fire departments require businesses to keep records handy of when the last time your sprinklers or extinguishers were checked or serviced. Write down the fire department’s number for quick reference as well.
Fire Prevention Training
Your emergency plan should also detail what employees should do in case of a fire. In addition to having fire prevention equipment readily available, you and all of your employees should know how to use that equipment. Make sure to have regular training and review sessions on using extinguishers or special extinguishing methods for unique chemicals if that is a potential risk in your business building.
Putting the fire out is not always an option. Your fire plan should include a contingency and evacuation plan that all employees should know and understand. The safety of personnel should be the highest priority. Understand how to safely get out of the building when you have no other recourse. Emergency exits should be clearly designated with lighted signs that use battery backup.